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A Story Of True Love February 14, 2007

Filed under: Love,Stories — sarah @ 11:46 am

It was a busy morning, approximately 8:30 am, when an elderly gentleman in
his 80’s, arrived to have stitches removed from his thumb. He stated that
he was in a hurry as he had an appointment at 9:00 am.

I took his vital signs and had him take a seat, knowing it would be over an
hour before someone would to able to see him. I saw him looking at his
watch and decided, since I was not busy with another patient, I would
evaluate his wound.

On exam it was well healed, so I talked to one of the doctors, got the
needed supplies to remove his sutures and redress his wound.

While taking care of his wound, we began to engage in conversation I asked
him if he had a doctor’s appointment this morning, as he was in such a
hurry. The gentleman told me no, that he needed to go to the nursing home
to eat breakfast with his wife.

I then inquired as to her health. He told me that she had been there for a
while and that she was a victim of Alzheimer Disease. As we talked, and I
finished dressing his wound, I asked if she would be worried if he was a
bit late. He replied that she no longer knew who he was, that she had not
recognized him in five years now.

I was surprised, and asked him. “And you still go every morning, even
though she doesn’t know who you are?” He smiled as he patted my hand and
said. “She doesn’t know me, but I still know who she is.”

I had to hold back tears as he left, I had goose bumps on my arm, and
thought, “That is the kind of love I want in my life.” True love is neither
physical, nor romantic.

True love is an acceptance of all that is, has been, will be, and will not
be.

With all the jokes and fun that are in e-mails, sometimes there are some
that come along that have an important message, and this is one of those
kind. Just had to share it with you all.

Oh, by the way, peace is seeing a sunset and knowing who to thank.

“The happiest of people don’t necessarily have the best of everything; they
just make the best of everything that comes along their way.”

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